Lakewood is a scenic suburb in the Denver metropolitan area, a growing community whose population has risen by 10.8% since 2010 according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The city’s senior demographic makes up 15.9% of the community. Drawn by Lakewood’s reputation as one of America’s most senior-friendly cities — featuring excellent health care facilities, a high doctor-to-patient ratio and an abundance of opportunities to stay fit and active — this population of adults 65 and over has access to a selection of 18 assisted living facilities.
Assisted Living may be an ideal option for seniors who don’t require nursing home level care but are unable to continue living in their homes safely. In addition to assistance with medications and activities of daily living, many facilities offer on-site therapy. On average, seniors in Lakewood spend $5,500 a month on assisted living, which is higher than what most seniors pay throughout the state and country.
This guide offers an overview of assisted living costs in Lakewood, CO. Resources that may help seniors find an assisted living facility and pay for its care are also included.
Hundreds of thousands of American seniors utilize assisted living, a figure that is only growing. For these seniors, assisted living combines residential housing,assistance in daily activities, and some healthcare. These communities also strive to provide an atmosphere that is comfortable and engaging for their residents… Read More >
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in Colorado. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.
According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Lakewood is $5,500.
Compared to the rest of the state, the city’s seniors spend about $750 more on their care, and compared to assisted living residents throughout the country, they spend $1,000 more.
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While assisted living in Lakewood is costly, Boulder’s cost of care may be the most expensive. On average, seniors there are paying about $775 a month more than in Lakewood, while toward the south in Pueblo, seniors spend about $1,700 less a month. Fort Collins and Grand Junction are also among the state’s more affordable cities for assisted living. Compared to Lakewood, seniors in those cities spend about $1,500 and $1,250 a month less on their care, respectively. In Greeley, they save about $1,100 compared to Lakewood.
NOTE: Data for Lakewood was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Denver, was used instead.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Colorado.
|DPHE Consumer Resources||(877) 462-2911||Colorado’s Department of Health & Environment provides an array of information resources on choosing an assisted living facility, how to resolve resident concerns and the filing of complaints. The Department also provides a Quick Guide for Seniors that covers a wide range of urgent topics from Medicare through fall prevention and offers general information on Assisted Living Residences (ALRs). An online dashboard through the DPHE allows prospective residents in long-term care to search and view the results of inspections conducted in the last 5 years for all providers licensed by the Department.|
|DRCOG Area Agency on Aging||(303) 480-6700||The Denver Region Council of Government runs the region’s Area Agency on Aging, which is tasked with providing insurance counseling, support in making informed decisions about long-term care, and promoting awareness and education around elder and resident rights in assisted living residence and other kinds of eldercare facilities. It also runs the local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).|
|Clements Center Reachout Office||(303) 987-4838||The Clements Center provides benefits check-up for seniors 55 and over, along with information and referrals to over 3,500 other programs for older adults. It provides personalized guidance and counseling for personal needs, legal programs, housing and transportation from Senior Support Specialists.|
|Veterans Affairs – Denver Regional Office||(800) 827-1000||The Denver Regional Office of Veterans Affairs in Lakewood offers guidance and counseling for senior veterans in accessing their rightful benefits. For veterans in assisted living, this may include the Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance among other possible benefits.|
|Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) – Benefits in Action||(720) 221-8354||The Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides information and direct counseling for seniors on how to navigate and get the most out of their Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Counselors are available at offices across the state to help with understanding the system and filing claims. Lakewood is served by Denver’s Benefits in Action office.|
Assisted Living Facilities in the Lakewood area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.